The Gallucci brothers — Mario and John — have been very successful in their career paths following their high school days at Monsignor Farrell.
Mario is one of the Island's top criminal defense attorneys, while John has built a budding physical therapy business in the metropolitan area.
The two have always given back to the community and Farrell in general, but wanted to do something more.
That's why they started the Gallucci Brothers Scholarship, awarded to an individual who portrays the Farrell mission of being a “Faithful Man” (Vir Fidelis), one who gives consideration to community service, faith, financial need and the ability to carry the message as a “Faithful Man” into society.
The $10,000 scholarship, which will pay the tuition for a student's senior year at Farrell, was awarded to junior Thomas Rafferty, a football player at the Oakwood school, Tuesday night at La Fontana Restaurant, Oakwood. He's the 2016 recipient.
“After reviewing numerous applications from merited Farrell students, Thomas stood out amongst his peers as the perfect candidate to receive the inaugural Gallucci Brothers Scholarship,” said Mario and John Gallucci. “We created this scholarship to financially assist men in need through their senior year of high school, helping to prepare them for graduation as they use the values instilled in them from Monsignor Farrell High School to pursue future success, both in and out of the workplace. We would like to congratulate Thomas on being awarded the 2016 Gallucci Brothers Scholarship and wish him continued health and success!”
Rafferty is a National Honor Society student, who has great interests in history and foreign languages which he attributes to the education and enlightenment that he has received at Farrell.
He plans to pursue a college education with the ultimate goal of obtaining a career within the Intelligence Division of the United States Government. Aside from his academic and athletic success, Thomas values the importance of community service, taking great pride in assisting organizations such as Autism Speaks and Hearing for Heroes.
ABOUT THE GALLUCCIS:
Mario graduated Farrell in 1982 and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 1990. Mario is currently a Partner in Helbock, Nappa and Gallucci LLP., with offices in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Mario has built a successful career as a Criminal Defense Attorney and is well known for representing many high-profile cases throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He is also a regular commentator on MSNBC, NY1 and is seen regularly on daily crime news shows.
Meanwhile, John graduated from Farrell in 1985 and went on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Dominican College. John is currently the President and CEO of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, a comprehensive outpatient orthopedic physical therapy company with fifteen facilities throughout New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Aside from his role at JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, John currently serves as the Medical Coordinator for Major League Soccer and sits as the Chair of the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. John was inducted into the Monsignor Farrell Hall of Fame in 2010 and has been a huge supporter of Farrell’s wrestling program for many years.